If you have been seeking your next great outdoor adventure look no further than Idaho, where you’ll find the spirit of the American West is alive and well.
ECHO’s Middle Fork trips depart from Stanley, Idaho located about a 3-hour drive north of Boise on HWY 21, which is a lovely scenic highway. From Twin Falls, drive north about 3.5 hours on HWY 75 through Sun Valley. After traveling 75-100 miles by boat, your trip will finish near Salmon, Idaho, located close to the Montana border on the Main Salmon River. Your car (or rental car) will be shuttled up to meet you in Salmon while you’re on the trip for $110.
Idaho’s Boise airport (BOI) is serviced by most major airlines. You can take a quick flight in a small plane from Boise to Stanley with McCall Air. After your trip, you can take a flight from Salmon, Idaho back to the Boise airport. If you choose to fly, book your flights directly with McCall Air at 800-448-3413.
McCall Air also offers flights to all of the airstrips located along the Middle Fork, as well as charter flights to various backcountry areas and cities in the Pacific Northwest.
In Stanley, Idaho (Before Your Trip)
Lodging choices are limited in this tiny town but the location at the base of the Sawtooth Mountains can’t be beat. You’ll find plenty of hiking and exploring opportunities should you arrive with a few days to spare.
The Mountain Village Lodge (800) 843-5475 is popular with rafters and it is where you will meet your head guide the night before your trip launches for a quick orientation. They have suites to accommodate large groups of 6-8 people, and the natural hot springs, restaurant and general store are all very convenient.
Meadow Creek Inn & Spa (800) 811-5745 offers nice getaway packages with a full service spa. They even have a tipi massage!
Redfish Lake Lodge (208) 644-9096 has free evening concerts on the lawn in the summertime. They have rustic cabins, lodge rooms, restaurant, dinner cruises and offer shuttles from the Stanley Airstrip.
In Salmon, Idaho (After Your Trip)
Located on the Main Salmon River, this small town will be your gateway back to civilization. Accommodations are basic, but may seem luxurious after 5 nights in a tent. If you had your vehicle shuttled, it will be left in the parking lot of the Stagecoach Inn, which is where the group will be dropped off after the bus ride from the river. If you flew to Stanley from Boise, you’ll most likely spend the night in Salmon and depart in the morning on another McCall Air flight back to Boise.
Stagecoach Inn (208) 756-2919 is situated right on the Salmon River with a beautiful view. They offer a free airport shuttle and downtown is within walking distance.
Syringa Lodge (877) 580-6482 has rustic looking rooms with an incredible view of the Beaverheads, a mountain range in neighboring Montana. Room rates include a full breakfast.
Stanley, Idaho/ Elevation 6240
Salmon, Idaho/ Elevation 4045